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Update On Ramin Setoodeh's Controversial Article In Newsweek

Glee's Jane Lynch has weighed in today on Ramin Setoodeh's contentious Newsweek article.


She tells Entertainment Weekly: “The thing is, actors are actors: You can’t play gay anymore than you can play somebody who’s Catholic,” says Lynch. “Aaron Sorkin wrote a wonderful thing in the Huffington Post. I don’t think you have to slap somebody down for making an opinion that you don’t agree with. But I do think what Kristin and Ryan did was so important, and I’m glad that they said it. It doesn’t mean, ‘Off with [Setoodeh's] head.’ But I’m very glad, and I thought it was very heroic what the two of them did.”

As Andy wrote last week, Setoodeh has accepted an offer from Glee creator Ryan Murphy to discuss the article in person.

Sorkin's piece, where he writes that he doesn't think Setoodeh was being homophobic, "Just wrong," is here.

Also, the Screen Actors Guild also issued a statement written by Jason Stuart, it's LGBT Actors Committee chair. It reads in part:  "Unfortunately, harmful attitudes like those of Setoodeh are used to pressure actors to stay in the closet. Our work is clearly not done and we will continue to fight to end fear within the acting community that being open about who you are means the end of your career. I'm an actor; it's not who I am but what I can play that counts."

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  1. It's a serious tactical error on Murphy's part to invite Setoodeh to visit the set of the show. Murphy obviously thinks he can reason with him. But there's no reasoning with a KAPO.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 16, 2010 5:27:39 PM

  2. As for Sorkin's column in HuffPost, why is the heterosexual producer defending the self-hating Setoodeh? Probably because he's not an actor and doesn't have to deal with the blatant discrimination of the industry. You want to help change attitudes Mr. Sorkin, how about casting openly gay actors in LEAD ROLES in your shows? Otherwise, please shut up.

    Posted by: LD | May 16, 2010 6:47:55 PM

  3. @ LD

    That's hardly a fair request, surely any director casts the actor best suited to the part...

    Posted by: namesRhard1 | May 17, 2010 8:12:02 AM

  4. The article was fine, raising important questions. just because some didn't like it, the reaction becomes hysterical.
    Sean Hayes played a goofy gay on Will & Grace. To go from that to a serious straight role takes a leap of faith that most theatergoers would not be able to make. Incidentally, why did he come out right before he took on this "straight" role? Many gay actors can play straight, but Sean Hayes has his work cut out for him.

    Posted by: Ken | May 17, 2010 11:42:53 AM

  5. Actually, Aaron Sorkin DID cast one of his leading roles with an openly gay actress: Sarah Paulson starred opposite Matthew Perry in Sorkin's one-season drama series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" that run 2006-7. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 17, 2010 12:39:35 PM

  6. Good to hear Jane Lynch has a level view on the article opposed to the "your a self-hating homophobe and you should go back to your assumed country of origin" crap. Setoodeh tried to question the status quo but came off more like an elitest. I just dont think its the same as gay bashing.

    Posted by: Toto | May 17, 2010 2:27:14 PM

  7. This is all very simple and a misunderstanding that's been blown out of proportion. It's a good thing that Setoodeh was questioned about the article. The sad thing is that no one is listening to what he's saying now.

    Sean Hayes noted that it's a case of a young, inexperienced writer. It's not WHAT he said, it's HOW he said it. It's a simple goof that everyone makes once in a while. If there is any blame at all here to assign, it's that we should be looking to Newsweek's editors. Someone should have caught this and required a paraphrase. THEY don't appear to understand their own consumers and, perhaps, should be looking for alternate careers cause they can't do this job very well.

    Posted by: SteveG | Jun 15, 2010 8:37:50 AM

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